DAILY TRAVEL INSPIRATION: Cluj-Napoca
With a name meaning “land beyond the forest” Transylvania in the heart of Romania is definitely the place to go for those looking for a fairytale holiday destination. With a backdrop of rolling hills, acres of forest, impressive castles and a large number of horse and carts on the roads, all you need to supply is a wicked stepmother, a charming prince and a good dollop of imagination.
Transylvania’s most famous fictional inhabitant is, of course, Count Dracula himself. There are several castles and palaces that are linked to the novel in some way, with the most famous being Bran Castle. This was thought to be the inspiration for the Count’s creepy mountainside mansion. It’s also well worth visiting Corvin Castle in Hunedoara, one of the largest castles in Europe. It’s rumoured Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula) was once held prisoner here.
Cluj-Napoca is Romania’s second city and the main urban area in the Transylvania region. It’s popular with students and has an artistic and independent vibe; the nightlife is particularly infamous. Highlights of the city include a lush botanical garden and the art galleries. Go traditional at the National Art Museum, or check out up-and-coming artists at the open studios of Fabrica de Pensule.
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